Punjab cabinet decision lauded

Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, Saturday welcomed long overdue approval of Punjab Freedom of Information Act 2013 by Punjab cabinet in the meeting held on Friday.
The cabinet decided that the draft will be promulgated as an ordinance and that it will be later turned into an Act of Punjab Assembly.
However, CPDI Executive Director Syed Kausar Abbas has urged the Punjab government to table the cabinet approved draft in the assembly and pass it as an Act of the assembly after incorporating suggestions of civil society groups rather than promulgating it as an ordinance.
It is praiseworthy that the Punjab government is going to entrust the role of appellate body to Punjab Information Commission in line with the demand of civil society groups working in the area of right to information and transparency.

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